Jon Seda, star of the hit NBC drama Chicago PD walked the
red carpet on Oscar Night to support Autism Speaks

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The stars shined bright on March 2, 2014 as Autism Speaks hosted its 6thannual, An Evening with the Stars Red Carpet Spectacular with the glamorous backdrop of the 86thAnnual Academy Awards® broadcast, at the Hotel InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood was not just at the Dolby Theater but also in the Windy City as An Evening With the Stars featured red carpet arrivals, pre-show interviews broadcast live on the big screens and live and silent auctions with prizes ranging from dinner-theater packages to all-expense paid trips to Hollywood, Wine Country and a jacket autographed by the entire cast of the hit NBC show, Chicago Fire.  

The evening was co-hosted by WGN Radio’s Steve Cochran, and Comedienne and WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez, who both have a family connection to autism. THE GAME 87.7’s Spike Manton greeted guests on the Red Carpet with spirited interviews before joining Cochran and Vasquez on stage in the ballroom.  

The House band for the evening was led by local musician and long-time Autism Speaks supporter, Andrew Salgado.

Chicago Fire & Chicago PD actors Jon Seda and Christian Stolte not only walked the red carpet but also helped with the live auction of the autographed Chicago Fire jacket. Other notables attending included former America’s Next Top Model winner, Jaslene Gonzalez, Former Bears players Mark Green and Jim Thornton, State Representative Scott Drury and State Senator Daniel Bliss,just to name a few. Actor and Honorary Committee members, Joe Mantegna and Tim Kazurinsky thanked guests for their support via video messages on the big screens.

In the pre-show, guests were treated to a special multi-media segment featuring the Chicago-based initiative for artists with mental and developmental disabilities, Project Onward. Throughout the evening, Project Onward artist Adam “Hollywood” Hines produced a Hollywood-themed piece of original artwork which was auctioned off later in the night.

Through the generous support of the Private Bank, Navigant Consulting, Underwriters Laboratories, US Bank, the Village of Rosemont and others, the event welcomed more than 200 guests, raising over $80,000 to support Autism Speaks.


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About Autism  Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism science and advocacy events are held in more than 80 cities across organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $160 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awarenessof autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks' Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light it Up Blue initiative. Also, Autism Speaks award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council has received over $258 million in donated media. Autism Speaks' family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government's response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments in 25 states thus far, with bills pending in an additional 13 states. Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States.

At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks. It's time to listen. 

This event is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences®.